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The Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chengdu organized National Day Reception

On the occasion of the national day of the Czech Republic and the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with the PRC, the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chengdu organized a National Day Reception at the Ritz Carlton Hotel that took place on October 18th, 2019.

Around 350 guests, including representatives from the local government, diplomatic corps, business representatives, the Czech community and friends of the Czech Republic, could enjoy an evening full of Czech food and drinks, Czech music and products from the Czech glass and automotive industry.

Companies such as Pilsner Urquell, Budweiser Budvar, Becherovka and Palírna u Zeleného stromu in Prostějov were presented at the reception. The main hall of the reception was enriched by two newest models of Škoda car company - Superb and Kodiaq. The program of the reception also included a presentation of Czech glass companies Šenýř, Jiří Pačínek and Luxury Gold, which took place in the form of a fashion show, where the models showed glass jewelry, as well as a presentation of products in the foyer of the main hall.

Throughout the evening, guests were accompanied by a 23-member orchestra, which also played the national anthems of both countries, and subsequently presented a number of compositions by prominent Czech composers - Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák, and others. The accompaniment was also performed on the Petrof piano by the pianist Mr. Richard Pohl along with his wife, opera singer Wang Xingxing.

A parallel exhibition of photographs mapping the 70-year-long journey of Czech-Chinese relations also took place in the foyer of the main hall. Guests could see photos from the beginnings of mutual relations (such as the credentials of the first Czechoslovak ambassador to the PRC) to photographs from President Xi Jinping's visit to the Czech Republic in 2016.

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